We all know the cleverly simplistic joke about fitting a giraffe and an elephant into a refrigerator — only children can consistently solve the riddle. While most organizations search for years of experience, I've gained great respect for the fresh, unfiltered perspective of youth who are just getting started.
Through encouraging students to systematically challenge the status quo within their communities and teaching them how to launch a lean startup — I've found that a genuine heart and an inquisitive mind together can be an unstoppable force.
There comes a time in your educational journey from pre-k through college when you experience a jolt of reality, realizing that your actions not only have the potential to fuel the progress of our society — but you're already doing so. It's exciting, it's a bit scary, and I believe it's one of the most important moments of your life.
My moment came unexpectedly during a a science fair just a few years ago and since then, my passion has become bridging the gap between young, untapped talent and tangible opportunities to make an impact on a local and global scale. Through mentoring, judging, and speaking at science fairs — I hope to lead young science and tech enthusiasts straight to that moment of elation when they finally realize the true extent of their influence.
I believe that we, as a society, have an inherent obligation to adopt a minimalist mindset and respect the fragility of the ecosystem which we all share. Through fueling the industrious sharing economy, innovating within the food and beverage industries, and so much more — my goal is quite simply to leave this world better than I found it.